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The Wild Angels (1966)

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The "Angels", a San Pedro motorcycle gang, parties in the Coachella Valley's Palm Springs Indian Canyons, California, and wreaks havoc with the local police.


Roger Corman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Heavenly Blues
Nancy Sinatra ... Mike 'Monkey'
Bruce Dern ... Joe 'Loser' Kerns
Diane Ladd ... Gaysh
Buck Taylor ... Dear John
Norman Alden ... Medic
Michael J. Pollard ... Pigmy
Lou Procopio Lou Procopio ... Joint
Joan Shawlee ... Momma Monahan
Marc Cavell ... Frankenstein
Coby Denton Coby Denton ... Bull Puckey
Frank Maxwell ... Preacher
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Suzie
Gina Grant Gina Grant
Art Baker ... Thomas - Mortician


Peter Fonda plays 'Heavenly Blues', the leader of the Angels, a motorcycle gang from San Pedro, California; Bruce Dern plays 'Loser', his best pal. When they both botch their attempt to retrieve Loser's stolen bike, Loser ends up in the hospital. When the Angels bust him out, he dies, and they bury him. Nancy Sinatra plays Mike, Blues' "old lady" and Diane Ladd plays Loser's wife (Dern's real-life wife at the time). The plot is basically a buildup to the last half-hour of the film in which Loser's funeral becomes another wild party. Written by alfiehitchie

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Bull... swinging a cycle chain in each hand and lusting for 'Action' See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug-related material | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Roger Corman paid the Hell's Angels $35 per day for their cooperation, and $20 per day for use of their motorcycles. See more »


A nurse is sexually assaulted by a biker that wears wraparound sunglasses. She looks through a book of police mug shots and finds the guy's photos and he's wearing the same wraparound sunglasses in the mugshot. Police would not allow someone to wear sunglasses in jail or in a police mug shot essentially giving him a disguise. See more »


Heavenly Blues: Where's Joint?
Pigmy: Playin' footsie with the nurse.
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Referenced in Hell Ride (2008) See more »


The Dark Alley
Written by Davie Allan
Performed by Davie Allan and The Arrows
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User Reviews

The Wild Ones
22 October 2004 | by mime.deSee all my reviews

The begin is awesome: The little child and then in front of the camera the wheel of Peter Fonda's cycle. Uuaah, it was great for me when I saw this picture first in the age of sixteen or seventeen. This moment I wished to be a biker for the next twenty years. Later Corman's way of film-making didn't work so brilliant for this young shy boy in Bayreuth, Germany. Lot of the rest of this movie is cheesy trivial, and so I remembered today this wonderful scene of terror and an actor in his best form. I don't speak from Peter Fonda (he is only solid like Nancy Sinatra too), the guy is Bruce Dern, one of the most underrated actors of US-cinema. My rating is six of out ten stars, because this picture was with Dern and also created the new genre of motorcycle-films. Marlon Brando as the leading actor in "The Wild One" didn't have the influence for cinema, nor for the fifties or for the sixties like this - sorry - in the sum very, very average picture.

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]





Release Date:

20 July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Fallen Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$360,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

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Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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